Hey all! I just received word back from our guest judge this round, Wendy from Bookcooker. Below are her thoughts and choice of winner...
______________________________________________________________First, let me say how much I enjoyed all the entries in the Hunger Games “Cook the Books” challenge. I was really impressed by everyone’s creativity, imagination and ambition in coming up with recipes inspired by Panem. Like many of the participating bloggers, I did not immediately join The Hunger Games bandwagon, as I generally try to stay away from Young Adult fiction because sadly I no longer qualify as a “young” adult. But as soon as I read the first few pages of the book, I was hooked (and read all three in quick succession) and realized that the book was perfect for my blog bookcooker, which is filled with recipes inspired by books. When I blogged about the book, I went the obvious route and made a lamb and plum stew. I was particularly impressed with the entries in the challenge that stayed away from the food of the capital and instead focused on the food of District 12 – more humble stews and Peeta’s bread. These recipes were more of a challenge and truer to Katniss’ real identity. With this in mind, my pick for the winner of the Hunger Games Cook the Books challenge is…Honey from the Rock’s Roast Duck with Cassava and Wild Dandelion Greens. I picked Claudia’s entry because it was as close to the type of wild, foraged meal that Katniss would have pulled together in District 12. I thought Claudia’s post was original, interesting and a genuine representation of the food in the book. I will say I wish Claudia posted some recipes! Some honorable mentions – kudos to the ambitious bread bakers (Eliot’s Eats, Sweet Almond Tree), Squirrel Head Manor’s intriguing Rabbit Stew, and This Mama Cooks’ beautiful photographs. Thanks so much for letting me participate in this fun challenge! I look forward to following everyone’s blogs in the future!
Congratulations Claudia...Katniss would be proud! Wear your winner's badge with pride (and alongside your five (!?) others...). And thanks so much to Wendy for being our judge for this round!
Next up: The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri